Charlottesville Area News and Events

The approach of Thanksgiving also signals the “official” beginning of the holiday shopping season—Black Friday.  While Black Friday focuses on the crazy sales of big retail, more and more people are preferring to keep their shopping on a local level at nearby small businesses. If you’re one of these individuals, then get ready to “shop small” with special...
Did you know that October 25 is World Pasta Day? Nope, we’re not kidding! World Pasta Day has its origins in Rome, Italy and started as an annual event during the first World Pasta Congress in 1995. In honor of this holiday and the country that produced it, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite local Italian restaurants, which offer some amazing dishes that will have you wanting to...
How often do you “check in” to a location Facebook? Maybe you let your online friends know the last time you ate at a local restaurant, attended a sporting event, or visited a vacation destination. What if your small social media action could contribute to a larger cause?                  
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is more than just a portrait of historic architecture. This Charlottesville landmark offers a peek into the history of Virginia wine, presidential pastimes, gardening indulgences and more. Furthermore, they offer a variety of events and activities with everything from harvest festivals to house tours. Here’s a quick snapshot of the fun upcoming events...
Autumn is our favorite time of the year.  As October approaches, orange and black decorations come out in full force, along with plenty of “spooktacular” fun to celebrate the Halloween season. Autumn is also one of the best times to explore Afton and the wondrous natural colors of the Blue Ridge foliage. And if your interest is piqued by the supernatural, you can ...
Fall has arrived, and there’s already a hint of change in the leaves here in Afton, Virginia. The shifting of seasons is always an exciting time, as it brings about something new and something to celebrate. Fall is no exception. With the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween décor also comes a few of our favorite seasonal aspects of autumn in the area—the Three Fs of...
We are fans of Devils Backbone Brewing Company for a number of reasons. Firstly (and maybe most importantly!), we like their tasty, locally-brewed, award-winning craft beer. Secondly, we love their beautiful Virginia local with scenery that spans a hundred acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thirdly, we enjoy the fun variety of events that they host, including everything from regular...
Grab your favorite local brew, and raise a glass to Virginia Craft Beer Month! If you’re looking for a great way to finish off the beer bash of August 2016, then let us suggest a pathway of local breweries to quench your thirst.          
It’s no secret that food made from fresh, local ingredients packs a tasty and nutritional punch. Combine these local ingredients with skilled hands and a great location, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic restaurant like Hamiltons’ at First & Main.
As the heat of summer moves us into the month of August, many people begin to anticipate the arrival of fall and all of its enjoyable seasonal elements—pumpkin spice flavors, colorful foliage, harvest festivals, Halloween parties, fuzzy scarves, and a general crispness in the air. Afton, Virginia is a particularly pleasant area in which to celebrate the arrival of autumn. From horseback...